Animal Welfare Strategy (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Steve O’Connell AM:  Thank you very much, Chair.  I am grateful for the comments earlier.  Before I go into the Green Belt, tenuously, we picked up on animal welfare then.  As the in‑house animal hugger, would you - unlike the previous Mayor - be introducing an animal welfare strategy during the course of your term?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Animal Welfare Strategy (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Animal Welfare Strategy (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I am just trying to think about what I have done over the last three ‑‑ this is my third Wednesday in the job.


Steve O’Connell AM:  I understand that.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  We have not got there yet but I am happy to listen to representations you might have in relation to that. 


Steve O’Connell AM:  OK.  That is fine.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Is that fair?


Steve O’Connell AM:  Thank you.  I will take that one.  That is good.  As one of the quoted “decent Tories”, I am disappointed I am the only one around whom you did not congratulate but I will not take that personally.  I take that as a badge of honour.  That is fine, Mr Mayor, because I know we are going to work closely together for my boroughs.


Moving on to the Green Belt, I am excited about the fact that you are continuing the previous Mayor’s work in strengthening the protection around the Green Belt in the London Plan.  I think that is what I heard earlier.  If you get in your in‑tray any applications to amend boroughs’ local plans to downgrade and weaken protection around Green Belt and metropolitan open land, would you therefore be objecting to those if they come to you in the next four years?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chairman, one of the problems when you start saying “thank you” at parties is that you miss out people.  It is the same problem with saying “congratulations” when it comes to your first MQT.  Can I congratulate everyone on their election or re‑election?


Steve O’Connell AM:  It was tongue-in-cheek, Mr Mayor.  It was tongue-in-cheek.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  For those who increased their majorities, you are superstars. 


Steve O’Connell AM:  I was one of those.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Can I just say this: it is horses for courses.  That is the short answer.  When applications come in, I have to look at them.  I recognise that we in City Hall, with the best will in the world, cannot micromanage an application that officers in local authorities have worked on with developers and local residents.  I would not want to make a blanket rule about that.  It is horses for courses.


Steve O’Connell AM:  This is a Croydon issue.  Croydon Council, with which I work closely, which is fine, is weakening some protections around certain areas in Croydon for building houses.  The previous Mayor objected to that.  You were invited down in the campaign.  You did not come, but that is then and now is now.


Really, Mr Mayor, I am just seeking your continued support for the Green Belt.  When councils are reducing the protections around the Green Belt in a disproportionate manner that is objected to by residents wholesale, it would be good to have your support for those residents.